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£1.5 million to find new ways to reduce infection spread

Companies and research groups with innovative ideas will get a chance to shape the way the UK responds to infection, and bid for funding, through a new initiative.


Coloured counters representing people and the spread of infection

Two ‘sandpit’ events are being held in Liverpool on 14 March 2024 and London on 9 May 2024.


These intensive innovation workshops will help to spark ideas, foster innovation and create new collaborations to tackle this urgent challenge and drive forward new projects.

The sessions are being funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) but run by the Infection Innovation Consortium (iiCON), a consortium led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Radical new approaches

It complements UKRI’s flagship tackling infections programme, which funds cross-disciplinary ways of dealing with both antimicrobial resistance and epidemic preparedness.

Both sandpits will find radical new approaches by engaging new communities, like engineers, social scientists, the food chain and environmental innovators, with the challenge.


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